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Rice is a classic comfort food! It’s affordable, versatile, and common in countless cultures and cuisines. However, some people may want to reduce their rice consumption because they want to eat less carbs, the arsenic in rice, or whatever other reason. That’s where Banza’s new product comes in. Banza is known for their gluten-free pasta made of chickpeas, and now they want to attempt to replace another kitchen staple with their chickpea rice.

Like their pasta, the new Banza rice is made with chickpeas and according to Banza has “more of a bite” than cauliflower rice. They also said it contains “three times as much protein, twice as much fiber and 30% fewer net carbs than brown rice, so it can provide a better-for-you substitute for regular rice, quinoa and other grains.” The chickpea rice will be available at Whole Foods stores nationwide in two varieties: rice made from chickpeas and tricolor rice made of legumes.

Make Your Own Rice Alternatives

You can try making your own plant-based alternatives to rice. Try these tips and recipes from our Food Monster App:

Make Better Choices: Healthy Alternatives to White Rice

Check out these healthy alternatives to white rice along with the recipes included to get started if you’re looking for a way to replace rice or just eat less of it!

15 Low-Fat Cauliflower Rice Recipes!

Cauliflower rice is a healthier, grain-free alternative to white rice! Try one of these 15 Low-Fat Cauliflower Rice Recipes from the Food Monster App for a light, delicious meal!

Buy Another Rice Alternative

Until the Banza rice is available at Whole Foods or back in stock online, check out this other healthy rice alternative:


Source: RightRice

RightRice is made with lentils, chickpeas and green peas. Each serving of RightRice has over 2x the protein, 5x the fiber and almost 40% less net carbs than traditional rice. And it’s a complete protein. RightRice is non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, kosher, nothing artificial, lower sodium, low glycemic index, and a complete protein. 

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